Category: Articles

8 Essay-Free Ways to Share Student Research

Research-based essays help our students fluently build, develop, and expand on their ideas. But in the real world, not every research process ends in a full-blown essay, says Angie Miller, who shares eight fun ways for students to practice and incorporate research skills.

STEM Fiction Can Help Energize ELA Classes

More emphasis on STEM studies has more language arts teachers working to integrate compatible nonfiction. But what about fiction? Megan Kelly shows how novels with STEM themes let students make an emotional connection to characters while learning scientific concepts.

All the Vocabulary Help You’re Likely to Need

Under the canopy of the Common Core, student knowledge of academic vocabulary matters more than ever, across all the content areas. As assessment season approaches, MiddleWeb has gathered together our five most popular and helpful articles about word study.

Young Adult Literature with LGBTQAI+ Themes

Among the ways educators can support and promote acceptance of LGBTQAI+ youth is by providing access to literature that features the challenges and joys these students experience. Librarian and author Christina Dorr suggests fiction and nonfiction titles for YA readers.

Teacher Think Alouds Work in Every Subject

Teacher think alouds are great for grades 4-8, says author Molly Ness. “The goal is to provide less savvy readers with a play-by-play of what you – as a skilled reader – think while reading.” The secret is planning. They may sound spontaneous but must be choreographed.

6 Work Habits We Can Learn from Students

We’re always talking to students about study habits, writes Roxanna Elden, but sometimes teachers need better methods for managing our own daily responsibilities. Good news! Embedded in some of the very lectures we give to our students are tips that can work for us, too.

PARCC Prep: Literary Analysis Writing Task

Are your students ready for Common Core ELA assessments? Using the PARCC as a springboard, literacy consultant Sarah Tantillo details a 10-lesson strategy to prep for the Literary Analysis Writing Task and links to other preps at her blog. Teachers in non-PARCC states may also find the ideas helpful.

4 Ways to Teach With Wordless Picture Books

When Megan Kelly uses wordless picture books in her middle grades classroom, she’s able to push her students deeper. Learn about some of the intriguing texts she uses to improve inference skills, reinforce vocabulary, inspire descriptive writing, and support ELLs.